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RE: Coefficient problem

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  • Subject: [mg36459] RE: [mg36421] Coefficient problem
  • From: "David Park" <djmp at>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 02:54:50 -0400 (EDT)
  • Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at

Check out the Help for Coefficient.

"Coefficient[expr, form, 0] picks out terms that are not proportional to

Delta[eq_, x_] :=
  Coefficient[eq, x]^2 - 4 Coefficient[eq, x^2] Coefficient[eq, x, 0]

Delta[a x^2 + b x + c, x]

b^2 - 4*a*c

David Park
djmp at

From: CeZaR [mailto:pascal at]
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Now I'm trying to calculate this formula:

Delta[eq_, x_]:=Coefficient[eq, x]^2 - 4 Coefficient[eq, x^2]
Coefficient[eq, x^0]

eq has this form a x^2 + b x + c

But there is a problem with the x^0 coefficient!
How can I overcome that?



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